Science - Cub Scout Academics & Sports Guide
Academics - Science

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Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.  


Complete these three requirements:
  1. Explain the scientific method to your adult partner.
  2. Use the scientific method in a simple science project. Explain the results to an adult.
  3. Visit a museum, a laboratory, an observatory, a zoo, an aquarium, or other facility that employs scientists. Talk to a scientist about his or her work.


Earn the Science belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
  1. Make a simple electric motor that works.
  2. Find a stream or other area that shows signs of erosion. Try to discover the cause of the erosion.
  3. Plant seeds. Grow a flower, garden vegetable, or other plant.
  4. Use these simple machines to accomplish tasks: lever, pulley, wheel-and-axle, wedge, inclined plane, and screw.
  5. Learn about solids, liquids, and gases using just water. Freeze water until it turns into ice. Then, with an adult heat the ice until it turns back into a liquid and eventually boils and becomes a gas.
  6. Build models of two atoms and two molecules, using plastic foam balls or other objects.
  7. Make a collection of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and label them.
  8. Learn about a creature that lives in the ocean. Share what you have learned with your den or family.
  9. Label a drawing or diagram of the bones of the human skeleton.
  10. Make a model or poster of the solar system. Label the planets and the sun.
  11. Do a scientific experiment in front of an audience. Explain your results.
  12. Read a book about a science subject that interests you.


Following are the requirements for earning the Academics belts loops and pins.


  • Belt loops and pins are earned only by Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts (not adults).
  • Requirements may be adjusted to accommodate the special needs of boys with disabilities.
  • Webelos Scouts may earn a belt loop or pin a second time to qualify for Webelos activity badges.
  • Boys may earn belt loops more than once; however, leaders should encourage boys to try different requirements and earn the pin. Packs should have a clear policy in place about whether the pack or the boy's family is responsible for the cost of awards earned more than once.


  1. Zoom School - visit this online classroom for fun, facts, and help with Science, Geography, and Language Arts topics. Get help with reports and try the activities too.

  2. NPR Science Friday Kids Connection - listen to past shows, find resources for all sorts of science topics, and learn about the scientists on the NPR radio program.
  3. SchoolHouse Rock - Science Rock - lots of catchy tunes here help you learn about grammar, America, mathematics, science, and computers. You'll need RealAudio.
  4. Science 4 Kids - visit this site from the Agricultural Resource Service (ARS) for cool links to bacteria, bugs, and plants that like heavy metal.
  5. The Lab- Australian Broadcast Corporation's gateway to online science. Includes tons of science news, games and puzzles, jokes, links, and much more.

  6. Evidence: The True Witness - learn about forensic science, including fingerprinting, DNA, and ballistics, at this great ThinkQuest site.
  7. Kinetic City Cyber Club - your place for science adventure, fun games, and more. Follow the crew on their adventures, or do some of their fun lab experiments.
  8. Mad Science Group - take a quiz, try out some home experiments, or check out some cool scientific facts. Uses Shockwave.
  9. NanoKids - contains all sorts of science games, information, and quizzes.
  10. Newton's Apple - a national science program for kids and adults.
  11. Quirks & Quarks - award-winning radio science program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Check out the archives, take a science quiz, and more.
  12. - cool experiments and links to websites on space, animals, weather, and the body!
  13. Scientific Method - step by step explanation of how scientists find things out, from Biology4Kids.
  14. SimScience - find out more about membranes, fluid flow, cracking dams, and crackling noise! You choose your reading level from beginner to advanced.
  15. The Skinny On... - regular column by writer Hannah Holmes on Discovery Online with answers to nagging questions like why there's no channel 1 on a TV, and why pizza makes you thirsty.

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